Michigan State

Spartans

Southern Cal

Trojans ©

Played September 29, 1978

at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Los Angeles, California

  

Teams' Belt Records

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

Record

Neutral

Record

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

Michigan State 0 0 1 0 .000         0 1 0 .000        
Southern Cal © 3 14 2 1 .853 6 1 1 .813 6 1 0 .857 2 0 0 1.000

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Michigan State

3

0

0

6

9

Southern Cal

7

7

16

0

30

The 1-1 Michigan State Spartans coached by Darryl Rogers traveled to Los Angeles to meet the 3rd ranked, 3-0 Southern Cal Trojans of coach John Robinson.  Southern Cal's All-American RB Charles White rushed for 2 touchdowns & QB Paul McDonald threw 2 touchdown passes as the Trojans defeated the Spartans 30-9 to retain The Belt.  Midway through the 1st quarter, Michigan State took a 3-0 lead when PK Morten Andersen hit a 38-yard field goal.  Late in the quarter, Southern Cal took the lead when McDonald threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to TE James Hunter.  On their next drive, the Trojans took a 14-3 lead as White scored on a 1-yard touchdown run.  Southern Cal dominated the 3rd quarter getting a 35-yard field goal from PK Frank Jordan, a 50-yard touchdown pass from McDonald to WR Calvin Sweeney, & White’s 3-yard touchdown run giving the Trojans a 30-3 advantage.  The only points of the 4th quarter came when Michigan State's QB Ed Smith threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to RB Michael Hans.  McDonald finished with 111 yards passing with 2 touchdowns but also 2 interceptions.  Smith threw for 141 yards with a touchdown & 3 interceptions in the loss.  Southern Cal finished the season 12-1; Pac-10 Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Spartans finished 8-3, Big Ten Co-Champs & ranked 12th nationally.  Michigan State would play for The Belt again in 1982.

Michigan State Game Stats Southern Cal Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Andrew Schramm 10 44 0 Lynn Cain 14 96 0
Alonzo Middleton 11 42 0 Charles White 20 82 2
Leroy McGee 6 29 0 Marcus Allen 6 35 0
Derek Hughes 2 21 0 Dwight Ford 5 21 0
Steve Smith 8 17 0 Paul DiLulo 4 15 0
Bruce Reeves 4 1 0 Ray Butler 1 11 0
Ed Smith 5 -1 0 Kevin Williams 1 6 0
        Rob Preston 4 -2 0
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Ed Smith 27 12 3 141 1 Paul McDonald 14 6 2 111 2
            Rob Preston 1 0 0 0 0
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Kirk Gibson 3 48 0 Calvin Sweeney 2 70 1
Eugene Byrd 2 45 0 James Hunter 2 21 1
Samson Howard 1 21 0 Charles White 1 14 0
Leroy McGee 2 12 0 Dan Garcia 1 6 0
Andrew Schramm 1 8 0        
Bruce Reeves 1 5 0        
Michael Hans 1 3 1        
Barry Harris 1 -1 0        

 

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